Many people assume that podcasting is all about
audio and fail to acknowledge the writing behind
the show. Skilled communicators understand the
type of planning required in order to pull off
a clean final product. The most memorable and
effective podcasts are always well planned. Some
of the best podcast shows use a script and follow
a structured format. The preparation that occurs
behind the scenes is similar to what would take
place for a radio show.
Podcast Pre Show Preparation
Preshow development, while monotonous and time
consuming, will determine the quality of the finished
Prepare for your podcast by following these simple
Prepare interview questions in advance of the
show. In addition, develop possible follow-up
questions and responses.
Anticipate how much time each segment should last.
Make a schedule, and keep in mind that you can
edit audio segments down if necessary.
Inform your guests about what they can expect.
Familiarize them with the show's format and give
them an idea of the anticipated length of the
segment and the general theme of your questions.
Podcast Post Show Production
Complete your podcast with post show
production tips by following these simple steps:
Do not underestimate the importance of a transcript
when it comes to a podcasting. Transcripts boost
search ranking and allow you to re-purpose your
Just as in the movies, your podcast should be
melded together with smooth transitions between
thoughtfully edited segments. The editing matters!
Use software to polish your production.
If a show is recorded in one large
segment, it should be edited down. Extraneous
audio should be removed. Transition effects, background
music, and intro or extro can be added.
Provide your guests with a link to the show. If
they are active on the web there is a good chance
they will promote the segment on their website.
Do not forget to add a section with links to any
material cited in the podcast show.
The planning and work that takes
place before and after a podcast is an important
part for a professional show. Do not neglect preparation
or post-show production tasks.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS
feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages
marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com
audio recording and editing software.